Juvenile Hall Mentoring

Sacramento Juvenile Hall

The day The Bakers Daughter went into mentor at the Sacramento Juvenile Hall was on a Saturday, it was our normal day to mentor but, it was not any ordinary day.

Prior to going into the juvenile hall, The Bakers Daughter received a phone call. The program coordinator asked that she get the girls set-up and that she should share her testimony.

The Bakers Daughter planned on being at the Sacramento Juvenile Hall for only one hour. But, God had bigger plans.

When The Bakers Daughter finally got through all the locked doors and walked the various corridors she finally arrived at the girls’ unit. There ready in attendance were around 15 girls and she only recognized three of the girls from the week prior.

Prayer Request

Who knew a child’s prayer request would mean everything to her on this particular day. This child wanted to meet with The Bakers Daughter in private. This child said, “The Baker Daughter was an answer to her prayers.” This child had only been at the juvenile hall for a couple of days.

This child sought out an officer to request an appointment with The Bakers Daughter. In order to meet one on one this child had to complete an application prior to us meeting up.

An officer asked the rest of the girls if they wanted to complete a mentor application, much to my surprise they all completed the application accept for two of them.

Lunch Break

It was lunch time for the girls. The Bakers Daughter had not planned to stay longer than the 1 hour. Which required that she go and grab lunch and return an hour later.

When The Bakers Daughter returned an hour later, she met up with this child. As we got to know one another the child said, “I am sorry if I get emotional, but I need to share with you what happened to me and why I requested to speak with you.” This child said, “I prayed beforehand and asked God to show me a sign, then, you spoke.” God showed me “you” as I listened to your story.

The child asked if it was okay for her grandma to call me. I responded with well of course she can call me.

Parents Bad Choices

You see…this child’s parents were not allowed to be in her life. The parents had made some pretty bad choices which prevented them from seeing their child.

The grandma had always been part of this child’s life. This child told me that her and her grandma stopped going to church because, her grandma had become ill.

This child got caught up with a boy, the girl shared that this boy believes in God too. The boy was being held responsible for obtaining money doing illegal things. He too shared with me in a different setting that it is all because of his home life. This boy is going to be a father to this little child’s baby.

God shows up more after our private conversation. As I was requesting to meet with the father of the unborn baby. The child went back to wait for an officer to pat her down. Prior to the child going back into general population a volunteer came in that this child happened to know. This volunteer was the principle at her school, so they chatted for a couple of minutes.

Followed Through

The child followed through on her word. It was about three days later that The Baker Daughter received a phone call from the child’s grandma. The grandma and I spoke for some time. The grandma said, she knows her granddaughter will be released and her and her granddaughter will be going back to church.

I explained to the grandma that when she gets out I can mentor her further but, only with her approval. Lets just say she was ecstatic and said, yes, yes, yes that would be wonderful.

I also advised the grandma about listening to a podcast, sermons on-line, if she is unable to attend church. She said, I will but, we are finding a way to get back to church. The grandma said, “because she needs to be back in and at the bible studies. She also said, I know my granddaughter has learned her lesson.

My Dream Took Dedication


I started thinking about owning my own business. I had no idea what direction I was going to go.
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Around 2007 The Bakers Daughter started thinking about owning her own business this took dedication. It took so much dedication when she had no idea what direction to go exactly.

The Bakers Daughter had to think long and hard about what brought her Joy.

What did she enjoy so much while growing up at the bakery?

Was it making a product?

Was it trying to learn something new like decorating a cake?  

As a young child The Bakers Daughter loved playing with all the bakery supplies and watching ingredients come to life in each person’s workspace.

Such memorable events took place during the holidays. When everyone worked diligently when it came to orders placed by long term customers.

All employees and family members spent time working together and eating together.

My Dream Came About

The Bakers Daughter precious memories included her grandma decorating the bakery storefront for the upcoming holidays. We’d shop and decorate the entire front of the bakery.

We had a bay type of window that allowed the by passers to be caught up in the holiday scene. They would stand at the window and gaze as if the scene came alive to them. As if it tugged at their heart strings.

The Bakers Daughter ran with those memories and incorporated them at her daughter’s upcoming birthday party.

The Dream Came Alive

It was then at her daughter’s birthday party that her dream came alive. This is where her dream and the dedication manifested enough to plunge forward.

Mom’s Bakery Business Taps into Flour Power

Cramer’s Bakery

The Sacramento Bee Newspaper published on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 Mom’s Bakery Business. Taps Into Flour Power

The Bakers Daughter knows the hard work that goes into owning a bakery.

Flour Power Bakery

The third-generation baker grew up making cakes, cookies and every other type of confection at Cramer’s Bakery, the former Hollywood Park fixture that her grandfather, father and uncle took over in 1972.

It was late hours and labor intensive work.  But, it also made for some of her fondest memories, such as listening to 50’s music while rolling out Danish pastry in the wee hours of the morning alongside her father.

The Bakers Daughter Bakery

Shonna is trying to duplicate those good times with The Bakers Daughter, a by-appointment bakery where children and adults can learn the art and joy of baking.

Everyone is in a rush these days and we’ve forgotten what it take to produce something from scratch, Shonna said.  People just put their kids in front of the TV to be entertained and when the kids get out in the world, they don’t know how to fend for themselves and cook.  I don’t think that’s good.

Birthday Party Bakery

The Bakers Daughter Bakery offer an array of classes and birthday party baking sessions at her Orangevale location and will travel to private homes or other venues.  The Bakers Daughter tailors the event or class to suit the parents’ and children’s tastes, be it cupcakes, cookies, cakes or candy.  Gina Solis of Sacramento took her three children and two guests to The Bakers Daughter cupcake decorating class in September after spotting an ad on SacMomsClub.com The Bee site for moms.

The children learned to bake cupcakes from start to finish and while one batch was baking in the oven, they learned how to decorate cupcakes The Bakers Daughter had prepared beforehand.  The kids, who ranged from 4 1/2 to 10 years old, festooned one set of cupcakes with homemade colored sugar and decorate the other with fondant shapes.

Cramers Bakery

They learned a lot of skills there Ms. Solis said.  We will definitely be signing up for more.

Cotei hired The Bakers Daughter to do her daughter 10th birthday at a local pizza parlor.  The girls at the party had their cakes to decorate and take home, and The Bakers Daughter Bakery had decorated a large heart shaped cake – topped with smaller heart shaped cakes and surrounded it with zebra pattern cupcakes. And last but least all I had to do was sit back, eat and enjoy the party, Clark said.

Shonna a mother of two, said she enjoys working with children and passing on lessons about measuring, mixing and decorating at her bakery.

It’s a tradition she hopes will continue through her own children. I asked my daughter, who is 8, what she wanted to be and she said “The Bakers Daughter. “